Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) hosts online conversation for siblings of people with disabilities
Register today for a Zoom meeting and open conversation with fellow brothers and sisters of people with disabilities on Nov. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. CST. Click here to register for Zoom connection info.
“Trauma informed care” is a bit of a buzz word in mental health circles. Essentially, it acknowledges that many people have experienced significant adversities and outright trauma such as neglect or abuse, and they need specialized care so they can heal. Persons with disabilities have exponentially higher rates of both childhood and adult trauma, sometimes within the very systems that are “caring” for them. Their family members may experience adversity or trauma related to their loved one’s experiences, feeling at a loss for how to manage trauma symptoms or find them the best care.
As importantly, family members of people with disabilities may experience their own personal adversity or trauma (e.g., from bullying, unintentional neglect from parents, aggression in the family, traumatic separations or loss, shame, helplessness) as a result of being in a family and community struggling with how best to care for the loved one.
This two-part discussion, specifically targeted to siblings of people with disabilities, will explore important concepts within trauma-informed care. Attendees will learn about:
- The effects of trauma, the potential for strength to grow out of trauma and adversity, and the importance of bringing issues of trauma and loss into the light for support;
- How trauma-informed services differ from others; and
- The power of using a “trauma lens” for ourselves, our siblings and others by asking, “what happened to you”? - rather than - “what’s wrong with you?”
This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships that a person has in their lifetime. For siblings of people with disabilities, these relationships have a lifelong impact and many siblings eventually take on some level of caregiving role for their brother or sister. Some siblings find themselves providing support to aging parents, siblings with disabilities and their own children at once. TABS is a statewide network that aims to empower and educate siblings of individuals with all types of disabilities by providing information and peer support. TABS welcomes the participation of anyone interested in sibling issues, including but not limited to “siblings-in-law”, professionals, other family members, and those whose siblings with disabilities may have passed away. For more information on Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters, visit the TABS webpage. TABS is the Tennessee state chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network. Learn more at siblingleadership.org.